Student Spotlight

Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part V
November 30, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Parts II, III, and IV offered an overview of the environmental, social, and economic impacts, respectively, of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. In this, the final installment of the series, Nicole will discuss coffee, climate change, poverty, and sustainability.] Coffee & Poverty As noted in the social impacts section of this series, the coffee industry employs over… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part IV
November 23, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

  [In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Part II and Part III offered an overview of the environmental and social impacts, respectively, of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. Next up, Nicole will discuss the economic impacts of coffee and climate change.]. Coffee & Climate Change - Economic Impacts Coffee is an enormous global industry worth $30.6 billion USD (Workman, 2017). The crop is a… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part III
November 16, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series,Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial, and Part II offered an overview of the environmental impacts of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. Next up, Nicole will discuss the social impacts of coffee and climate change.] Coffee & Climate Change - Social Impacts Many people in poorer, developing countries rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Coffee cultivation is no exception. Around the world,… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part II
November 9, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

  [In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Next up, Nicole will discuss the connections between coffee and climate change.]. Coffee & Climate Change - Environmental Impacts The coffee plant naturally grows in mountainous areas under the canopy of larger shade trees. Traditional coffee cultivation, which mimics this growing method, is still practiced in some areas of the world. Canopy cover is critical to… Read More
Alumni Highlight: Molly Brown
November 6, 2017 — Alec Masella

Recent Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate Molly Brown has made a career shift into environmental law this past year, returning to her passion for global sustainability. Not knowing at first how to go about making this shift, she turned to the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Her experience with the XMNR program provided Molly the support and connections she needed to make her way into her current position as Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake… Read More